Why first projects in a new craft are often for yourself

I have recently been learning (or re-learning) how to crochet. I decided I wanted to learn this craft because my friends who crochet seem really prolific. Crochet projects just seem to go so fast. This made me think that this is a skill I should have for this point in the semester. We have four weeks of classes to go, we’re working on projects. We’ve been working on projects for weeks now. And, you don’t feel like you are making progress, which is to say that you don’t feel like you are making progress fast enough. I figured a craft that I could fly through at this point in the semester would be a boon. It could inspire me in other areas of my life.


I picked out a pattern and some wool from Lion Brand. I’m normally not so brand-centric with my choices, but they were offering a discount through the facebook group and the pattern is a lion brand pattern and seemed really easy, so I thought for once I’d use the yarn <a href=http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90312B.html?r=1>the pattern</a> called for instead of substituting it with something I’ve spun or found at a fiber festival or on etsy. The yarn is lovely and variegated changing from different shades of blue, red and purple.


Here’s the thing, though. When working with a new craft, you have to learn how it works and figure out its rhythms. You have to figure out how to do it right. And, not say, add stitches at the end of the row.

Or, lose stitches as you’re going.


This is okay because this is a learning project and I was intending on making this wrap for myself anyway. But, these little hiccups are why you end making things for yourself when you are just starting out. The people in your life love you, and are happy to have hand-made things. And, my Mom would probably wear, at least once, any piece I gave her. But, I don’t want her to feel obligated to wear something that looks like a five-year old made it. That’s just no fun.




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